Nittany Lions Open With a Statement, 16-9

The #2 Ranked Penn State Nittany Lions opened their 2020 NCAA DI season with a statement, 16-9 victory over the Lafayette Leopards at Panzer Stadium in University Park.

A record setting with Gerald Arceri laying claim to the Penn State loose ball record with his 450th.

Arceri  picked up 15 for the game and was dominant from the “X” with an amazing 19 of 21.

It became the Usual Suspects for Penn State with Mac O’ Keefe (6g,1a) and Grant Ament (4g,6a) leading the way.

Lafayette held a lead when Nick Jessen (2g) scoring with just 1:50 played.

The Nittany Lions started slow but went on a huge run with Ament, O’Keefe and Kevin Hill (1g) closing the opening stanza with the home team leading, 3-1.

The onslaught would pick right back up with Ament, O’Keefe and a second from Ament in just 2:55 got it to 6-1 before Jack Traynor (2g) and O’Keefe with the first of four man up rallies blew it open, 8-1.

Bryan Hess (1g) finally scored for Lafayette to close the half with the Leopards in an 8-2 hole.

Penn State actually was in a scoring rut that was ended after 12:00 when Ament went to work setting up TJ Malone (1g,1a).

Lafayette started to find their legs with Cole Dutton (1g) and Ian MacCauley (2g) chipping at the PSU lead.

All that seemed to do was annoy the home team and O’Keefe, Jack Traynor, a man advantage goal from Dylan Foulds (1g,1a),another man up from O’Keefe and Tj Malone setting up O’ Keefe before Ament closed the third quarter with Penn State firmly in front, 15-4..

The Lions sat their starters for the final stanza and The Leopards took advantage with a five goal uprising with Andrew Robbins bagging a man up goal, Jessen nailed his second,Ryan Duncan (1g,1a) and Robbins hit for his second to close the gap, 15-8.

Mitch Schaefer (1g) recorded his first goal in his career to stop the inroads Lafayette made.

Mac Cauley closed the book on the 16-9 PSU victory.

Dis and Dat: Penn State had the edge in shots, 36-30 and loose balls, 33-20.

PSU, as mentioned prior, were outstanding with 22 of 27 on face offs.

Gary Groob
Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.